Delaware began giving away 44,000 cans of baby formula Wednesday.
The formula, purchased with Donate Delaware and other organizations, will be distributed by the Food Bank of Delaware.
It will be given away at sites up and down Delaware, including The Rose Hill Community Center, Boys and Girls Clubs, St. Stephen’s Food Pantry, Nemours Childrens Hospital, Westside Healthcare, La Red and more.
The move follows months of stress for parents who rely on baby formula to feed their infants because of bare U.S. store shelves as pandemic production and transportation problems, as well as hoarding issues, made formula — especially some specialized formula — hard to find.
Proper nutrition is critical to infants so their body and brain power to mature like it should, so formula should never be diluted.
Care’s supersized 28.2-ounce cans — twice as big as a routine 12.5-ounce can of formula — can be used to make 21.5 8-ounce bottles.
How to get baby formula
Those who would like to pick up a can are required only to have an infant up to 12 months and to proof of residency, which can be government IDs or simply a bill with your name and address on it.
The baby formula being given away is the Care brand from Florida-based Gensco Pharmaceuticals, made from milk from Australian cows. Part of the cost of getting the formula to Delaware included transporting it from Down Under.
Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long said in announcing the giveaway that public officials had been flooded with calls from worried parents who couldn’t find formula for their children.
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“What we didn’t want was dilution of formula,” she said. “We didn’t want parents and children going hungry. No one should go hungry, even a child. And so I have to say that Donate Delaware — I kid you not went to the ends of the earth and found this incredible company Gensco in Australia.”
Dave Tiberi of Donate Delaware said it was great to finally see the fruits of their labor.
He thanked Bank of America and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for their aid.
Here’s where to get the formula.
New Castle County locations
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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